So I am on winter break from nursing school, and what is the first thing I want to do? Get my craft on, of course! I love making homemade gifts, and when I saw this idea from Little Golden Nook, I just had to recreate it. Check out what I did!
Next, I Googled vintage Christmas images. You could use any images you can think of – kids’ drawings, family pictures, school portraits, etc. You could even add a little cross stitch or embroidery design (what! I am totally doing that next time). I chose to make my ornaments a little kitschy and with a vintage feel. I used PowerPoint to crop and size them the way I wanted, then printed them on white cardstock. Using one of the bracelets, I traced a circle on each pic and cut it out. Then, to help them stay looking nice for a long time, I laminated them.Using a circle about a half inch in diameter larger than the opening in the ornaments (I found some dish in my kitchen that worked), I traced and cut circles out of felt sheets. Then I cut about 6-inch lengths of ribbon and used hot glue to make hangers for the ornaments. Then I made a little ornament sandwich – crocheted ornament, laminated picture, felt circle with glued on ribbon side facing in towards the middle so it would be hidden. I carefully hot glued the sandwich together, and that was that! I wanted to wrap them in something that they could also be stored in so they would stay nice for years and years. I found these cookie tins that were the perfect size at Michael’s. Using this blank tag printable, I added some text, then copied and pasted the image into PowerPoint and made it large enough to cover the lid. Side note: you can, of course, use just about any photo editing software for resizing and cropping images. I just use PowerPoint because I know it really well and what it can do and I don’t want to learn anything new. So there. I printed the labels on large (5 1/2″ x 9″) white address labels that I found at Target. I added a little bit of Christmas-colored paper grass stuff, and my gifts are complete! These ornaments are SO adorable! My sisters are gonna LOVE them! What homemade gifts have you made this year?